An Indiana utility publishes a quarterly report that compares energy consumption across consumers and offers tips to reduce consumption. Also Permalink develops its most efficient LED sign and AT&T adds green vans to its service fleet.
Indiana Utility Launches Energy Efficiency Program
NIPSCO, an Indiana utility, launched a new innovative energy efficiency program, the NIPSCO Home Energy Report to provide consumers information about their energy use in an effort to help gas and electricity users save money. The report compares consumer energy use with that of the average energy consumption. It will be mailed to consumers this month so that consumers can compare the past 12 months of their energy use with others in the same area. The company believes electric consumers can save up to 275 kWh per year merely through behavioral changes and the tips offered in the report.
AT&T Adds Green Trucks to its Service Fleet
AT&T is adding 101 Chevy Express Cargo 2500 vans that run on low-emissions compressed natural gas to its customer service fleet. The vans produce up to 25 percent fewer emissions than their gasoline counterparts. Each van meets the EPA and California Air Resources Board emission certification requirements.
Siemens Awarded Wind Turbine Contract
Siemens Energy was awarded another contract with Minnesota Power — an order for 35 three-megawatt direct drive wind turbines for its Bison 2 wind farm in North Dakota. Deliveries will be made in August 2012. This is the third contract for Siemens direct drive turbines, the first two projects include the Bison 1 project and the Oklahoma Gas & Electric Crossroads wind farms. After this delivery, Bison 1 and 2 have the combined potential to provide clean electricity to 50,000 homes in Minnesota.
Michigan Residents Supported by Energy Credit Program
Nearly 500,000 Michigan residents have received aid through the Home Heating Credit program, funded by the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Over $80.6 million in aid has been spent to help consumers pay their energy bills. The average per household payment was $170 applied toward costs such as propane and purchasing firewood.
LED Signs Improve Efficiency
Permlight for Signs has launched its new product, OmniStar for Signs. The product has a life rating of 50,000 hours, the equivalent of 11 years, and uses the latest in LED technology. “While all LED solutions are green, Omnistar offers a greater level of environmental responsibility,” said William Hamm, VP of Sales and Marketing. “This new module offers an unprecedented list of eco-friendly features including an extra wide viewing angle of 155 degrees allowing customers the ability to use less product than ever before.” Additionially, it offers 80 lumens per watt and the design can operate in over three feet of water.
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